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Paradox Interactive’s now free-to-play grand strategy game set between 1066 and 1452 was huge for the company, with the game about war, subterfuge and marriage between dynasties proving to be an unexpected and widespread hit with PC gaming audiences. With 15 CK2 expansion pack releases and full Steam Workshop mod support, you’d think Crusader Kings 2 players would never get bored of the dynasty simulator game at this point… after all, what more could they ask for?
Godly powers, that’s what. Here are the best cheats and CK2 console commands that will help you manipulate reality for your own ends.
How To Activate Crusader Kings 2 Cheats
- On French keyboards, press Shift + !
- On German/Nordic keyboards, press Shift + 3
- On Portuguese keyboards, press Alt + 0167
- On Spanish and Italian keyboards, press Alt + 2 + 1
To access Crusader Kings 2’s commands on a standard UK or US keyboard, you’ll need to open the console by pushing the tilde or backtick key. (That looks like this: [ `~ ] by the way.)
You can also use the section key (That looks like this:[ § ]), if you’re using a keyboard with a European standard or your tilde isn’t working.
Once you’re in that console menu, you’ll be able to put in all the CK2 console commands you want!
Useful Crusader Kings 2 Cheats
Now that you’re into the menu, here’s what you’ll want to type in. If you want to know a character’s ID, then use the ‘charinfo’ command. It’s also listed when you mouse over someone else to check their stats.
|Command||Parameter||Parameter||What it does.|
|add_artifact||<Artifact Name>||<Character ID> (OPTIONAL)||Gives the selected character an artifact.|
|get_all_artifacts||<Character ID> (OPTIONAL)||Gives all artifacts to the person specified. If a person is not specified then gives them all to the player instead.|
|destroy_artifact||<Artifact Name>||<Character ID> (OPTIONAL)||Takes the artifact away from the character specified and destroys it|
|add_diplomacy||<Character ID>||<Delta>||Changes a character’s diplomacy stat|
|add_intrigue||<Character ID>||<Delta>||Changes a character’s intrigue stat|
|add_learning||<Character ID>||<Delta>||Changes a character’s learning stat|
|add_martial||<Character ID>||<Delta>||Changes a character’s martial stat|
|add_stewardship||<Character ID>||<Delta>||Changes a character’s stewardship stat|
|add_modifier||<Modifier Name>||<Character ID>, <Days>||Puts a modifier on a character. If you set the days to -1 it won’t go away.|
|remove_modifier||<Modifier Name>||<Character ID>||Removes a character modifier.|
|age||<Character ID>||<Delta>||Changes a character’s age.|
|banish||<Character ID> (banished)||Banishes a character.|
|cash||wealth||<Amount> (OPTIONAL||Gives the player gold. The default amount is 5000. If you put in a negative number (for ex. -5000) they’ll lose it instead.|
|claim||<Title Name>||<Character ID> (OPTIONAL)||Gives a claim to the character specified.|
|die||Die of natural causes.|
|kill||<Character ID>||Kills the character specified.|
|piety||<Amount> (OPTIONAL)||Adds to the player’s piety. The default amount is 5000.|
|prestige||<Amount> (OPTIONAL)||Adds to the player’s prestige. The default amount is 5000.|
We hope you enjoyed our Crusader Kings 2 console commands guide. Tell us interesting stories about how you used these commands in the comments! —and if you play games like Fallout 3, perhaps we can interest you in a list of the console commands for that?